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The Verdict

22 October 2012

Chris Wilder on the 5-0 win over Accrington

Manager Chris Wilder was not getting carried away after United’s 5-0 win over Accrington on Saturday. The United Manager saw a more experienced line-up record their best win of the season, but told Yellow Player that nobody would let that one result go to their heads:

“I have said all along that my senior players do make a difference, with Andy Whing and Michael Raynes coming back in and Lee Cox and Peter Leven out on the pitch as well. It’s the ups and downs of football. We were down in the dumps on Monday but will stay level-headed after Saturday.”

United’s tempo and commitment were evident from the very start, something that Chris was quick to praise:

“We pressed the ball a lot higher up the pitch, got people working together and didn’t really give them the opportunity to play because they are a good side who have started the season exceptionally well. When we had the ball we played forward and were positive, so much different to Monday at Port Vale. We had a tough week but the players got their reward today.

“We will have another tough week this week but we have gone a little way to redeeming ourselves  I’m glad that they showed that reaction and delighted with the result.”

Four-goal Tom Craddock walked away with the headlines and the matchball, but the Manager was just as pleased with the performance of strike partner James Constable:

“Tom will grab the headlines but I thought the other centre-forward, James Constable, was superb. We showed him a DVD of his goals in the Conference and the first year in the Football League when he was a powerful boy, running down the sides, getting hold of the ball and winning headers. If I was Tom Craddock I would be shaking Beano’s hand because I thought his game was superb and he deserved a goal. He played a major part in us getting the result.”

United now go into away games at Rochdale and Wycombe this week and with the league as tight as it currently is, Chris is looking for his side to carry on where they left off on Saturday:

“We need a big week again now. I think we are only three points off the play-offs, and we just have to keep picking up results. There’s nothing in the league table apart from the top two and we have to make sure that we are consistent with our attitude and consistent in our play. And if we are then we can keep picking up points and hanging on in there.”

See the whole interview plus match highlights in Yellow Player now.

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